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D-427 board to take action on final round of staff cuts

SYCAMORE – The Sycamore school board will take action Tuesday on the final round of personnel cuts as part of the three-year budget reduction plan for District 427.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Sycamore High School, 427 Spartan Trail in Sycamore.

An executive session is scheduled toward the end of the meeting, after which the public meeting will reconvene and the board will take an official vote on the dismissal of educational support staff, according to the agenda.

During their March 14 meeting, board members approved elimination of eight full-time teaching positions and two part-time teaching jobs, and also reduced two full-time teaching positions to part time.

The final day for teachers who were dismissed will be May 25 or on the last teacher employment day during the 2016-17 school term, whichever is later, according to board documents.

The board unanimously approved the personnel reductions after a public hearing in February.

In addition to the teachers, about 20 full- and part-time support staff will lose their jobs, while other positions will be reduced through attrition, district officials have said.

The cuts are part of a three-year budget reduction plan meant to lead the district to a balanced budget by the end of the next school year.

This school year, the district cut $2.8 million in spending after a $1.1 million reduction in the 2015-16 school year. Next year will require a $2.3 million reduction to reach the district’s budgetary goal.

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